A small anniversary for me. On this day, December 7, 1986. I started practicing Kendo in Belgrade, Serbia. Thirty years of very interesting and self fulfilling path.

kendo-beograd-1990members of Kendo Club Belgrade, May 13, 1990.

Some people from this photograph are still in Martial Arts. Dejan is teaching Nakamura Ryu Battodo in Belgrade. Nebojsa, Vladan and Dragan are teaching Kendo. Others left Martial Arts (to my knowledge) but will always remain as a part of the history.

For me, Kendo was a beginning that led me further, into Iaido, Aikido and Battodo. Since 2012 I am teaching Nakamura Ryu Battodo in Vancouver, BC.

hidari-gyaku-noto-in-kata_bwfrom Nakamura Ryu Battodo presentation in New Westminster, April 2014.

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12 Responses to Anniversary

  1. Congratulations on your achievements, Dare!

    • Darko says:

      Thank you dW. Even back then I knew I will practice Martial Arts as long as I can. I don’t usually remember these anniversaries, they are just small cornerstones along the way. I can just hope to have a long way in front of me 🙂

  2. Jill says:

    Striking photo of you, Darko. I echo dW. Congratulations! I wish you many blessings and years doing what you love ahead.

  3. d4rkn1ght says:

    I also will like to congratulate you on your great achievements. 🙂 You are helping a new generation of students reach the same level of fulfillment you’re feeling right now. 😎

    • Darko says:

      Yes, as someone once said, I can show them the way but I can’t walk instead of them 🙂
      Thank you. We are all still students, we are all learning.

  4. Furie says:

    Bon anniversaire, my friend.

    I always wish I’d stayed the course in my martial arts classes. Kept getting them mixed up though.

    • gdare says:

      Thank you, man!
      I can’t remember, what kind of martial arts you did practice?

      • Furie says:

        A bit of judo and some taekwondo when I was a kid, and some home karate lessons that my girlfriend’s father gave his daughter while I was there so we both learned some things. I kept mixing the official lessons and getting in trouble for using the wrong moves (and then getting angry because it’s a self defence class so teach people to defend against whatever thrown at them, not what other people in the class have learned in that room). Put me off in the end.

        I always liked the look of Kendo, but didn’t learn about it until much later and I was so off classes by then. Spent a little time with a library book and a bokken though and managed to mix that with some of the things I’d learned elsewhere. So, you know, I’m sorted when the zombies rise according to what television has told me.

        • Furie says:

          Oh, and I also watched the Karate Kid trilogy like twice, so I’m a killing machine. 😉

          • Darko says:

            I didn’t know anything about Kendo until I saw a poster on a street advertising classes in a nearby gym. I knew about and liked samurai sword combat – mostly thanks to Kurosawa movies – but didn’t have the slightest idea that I could learn it in Serbia. There was no Internet back in pre-historic times and only advertising would be through TV, radio, newspapers, posters or word of mouth. I went to see one of the classes and ask a few questions and that was it 🙂

            As for the zombies rise, I would recommend bokken to bare fist or grappling, you don’t want them to come too close 😀

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